Bronx Youth Heard Promotes Upcoming After School Session

Bronx Youth Heard (Winter application deadline January 29.) The Norwood News runs the Bronx Youth Heard (formerly known as the Bronx Youth Journalism Initiative), a free after-school journalism program for Bronx high school students. There are two sessions each school year: one in the fall and another in the spring. We are currently accepting applications for our winter/spring 2015 semester, which is scheduled to start on Thursday, February 5.  Classes are held at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, on Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6:00p.m., and run for 12 weeks. [ATTENTION: Winter applications are DUE THURSDAY, January 29. Download your application now!] Students learn the


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Inquiring Photographer – How Safe Is Your School?

By DAVID GREENE With a history of asbestos and other toxic hazards in and around Bronx schools, this week we asked readers if they feel their local schools are safe. Sometimes students might bring in drugs or illegal weapons, but no, I don’t see anything wrong with the buildings. —Joel Pena Garcia  

Northwest Bronx School Zoning Hearing Thursday Night

The Department of Education is holding a public hearing at Community Education Council District 10’s monthly meeting tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at PS 32, 690 E. 183rd St. The hearing will be to discuss proposed zoning changes for several schools in the northwest Bronx — specifically PS 20, PS 56, PS 8, PS 280, PS 46 and PS 54 — that will be affected by the opening of the new elementary school opening in a new building on Webster Avenue next year.

After Violence, A Bronx Community Talks Bullying

In recent years, a string of high-profile bullying incidents, some ending in violence or early suicide, has forced the topic into the national conversation. Following a particularly disturbing instance of bullying at Middle School 80 on Mosholu Parkway three months ago has brought the conversation to the local level.

Q & A: Technology Teacher Talks Chess Program at PS 56

Arafath Kazi, the technology teacher and chess coach for PS 56’s medal-winning chess team — the Norwood Knights — reflects on the team’s success at the 2013 Chess-in-the-Schools Bronx High School of Science Masterminds Tournament and the school’s growing chess program.

Big Plans for PS/MS 20’s Edible Garden

Vegetables and herbs will soon be growing on the new plant grounds of PS /MS 20’s very own school garden. “The Edible Urban Garden” opened last week with the help and efforts of the school’s new principal Joan Riley, parent Estela Blandon, Maritz Hernandez of the Mosholu Community Center after school program, along with assistant principal, Juan Flores. By implementing the garden, the school hopes to bring new light to eating habits, healthy lifestyles, and organic gardening. The school plans on conducting a cooking lesson that will use the vegetables grown in the garden to serve parents healthy meals prepared by their children. Once grown, the vegetables will be distributed throughout the school.

School Success Reflects Student Success at P.S. 94

School administrators will tell everyone that at PS 94 Kings College School it’s all about ensuring the success and happiness of the kids. The ambitious school is hosting a spelling bee next week all while it participates in LeAP’s Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs program. But the students really showed off last week when they celebrated two major successes — on the same day!

Art Thrives on Bronx School’s Walls

With help and support from the PS 246’s maintenance staff, faculty, and former and current students, Annie Coan, an art teacher at the school, has mothered an artistic atmosphere that breathes on the school’s walls.